My Space Bar Doesn't Take me to the Moon!

Not only does my space bar not transport me to the milky way, it always doesn't want to function properly for it's originally intended purpose! This explains why some of my emails and blog posts looksomethinglikethis.

My malfunctioning keyboard inspired this little piece of art and also about 6 hours of research into a new personal computer.

I bumped into the saying on Pinterest somewhere and given my space bar issues, it spoke to me :). I made the space orb out of watercolor paper and paints after being inspired by Eliza Hall's artwork. The hand lettering was done with a white gel pen and "SPACE BAR" was written using my newly acquired embossing kit.

Have you seen the magic embossing videos on Instagram before?? It's crazy - you write with this magic pen, then you sprinkle magic embossing dust over it, shake it off and then hit the letters (or design) with a heat gun and it melts into a raised metallic finish. So cool! Unfortunately, I found the heat gun also wrinkled the paper I used quite a bit. I'll try something sturdier next time.

I'm still practicing hand lettering almost every day. There's plenty more work to be done but it's coming along. One day, I'm sure I'll look back on these early pieces and feel a little embarrassed but I'm okay sharing my learning process with the universe!

And now that I've done a bit of art for the day, I'll be diving back into the PC review rabbit hole for the next few hours :).

A Mix of Art and Science

"Ohhh what a beautiful email! I'm so excited to find this in my inbox. I just can't wait to unwrap this email and see what cool things could be inside!" -  SAID NO ONE EVER :) :).

But receiving real mail in your real mailbox can elicit true happiness! Knowing that someone took the time to find a card, add a sentiment, dig in their junk drawer for a stamp and drive around looking for a blue postal drop-box can only make you feel special. That's why I jumped at the chance to participate in a recent Happy Mail swap.

My partner had listed science as one of her themes and I couldn't think of a better inspiration to mix with art! This is the full package I sent.

I made the envelope out of watercolor paper and painted this design that's intended to represent plant cellulose under a microscope.

I added a couple of science'ey quotes that I wrote using my JV calligraphy skills. The first is an explanation of why the sky is blue from Philip C. Plait. The second is one of my favorite quotes and something I really believe Carl Sagan was right about :).

I also made a little tag and a series of petri dish circles with painted bacteria in them. They are harmless and germ free :).

This is a science-themed banner and a gravity testing kit - in case my partner ever finds herself in a situation where it could come in handy.

 Lastly, some periodic poetry! I made a bunch of letters inspired by the Periodic Table of Elements. They can be combined to make various different words (including a few bad ones :)).

I hope that this mail made by partner happy! It made me happy to create it for her.

Unintended consequence of making happy mail...wanting to go to McDonalds for a Happy Meal. 

Just in Time for Autumn

In the peak of summer, there's really only one thing I'm good at doing and that's complaining about not having air conditioning :). But this August, despite sweating at the sight of the giant pile of bulky wool yarn this project required, I managed to finish knitting a cozy infinity scarf just in time for the chillier fall weather.

This is a pattern by Jared Flood, called Cinder, that uses a reverse cable design. Unlike traditional cables that look whack on the wrong side, reversible cables look great on both sides! The pattern is for a scarf but I used a provisional cast-on and grafted the two ends together using kitchner stitch to make it an infinity scarf.

Here I am trying too hard to look casual while modeling the final project :).

I used Cascade Yarns 128 Superwash in colorway 875 Feather Grey. This merino wool yarn knits up really soft and has the bonus of being washable but it can be a bit annoying to knit with as the twisted fiber is easy to split.

After my awkward photo shoot, I packaged this scarf up and sent it off to my swap partner! I hope some of the heat of summer was stitched into the fibers so it will keep her warm through fall and winter :).